PhD Program

The PhD in Bioethics and Health Policy Program is taught by leading experts in the fields of bioethics and health policy, who provide unparalleled training, education and mentoring to the next generation of bioethics scholars. This PhD program is unique in the opportunities it affords students to conduct innovative original scholarship in a premier international research institution, focused specifically on public health ethics and bioethics and health policy.

Scholarly Life at the Berman Institute

Students in the Bioethics PhD program constitute a vital and important part of the academic community at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Students are encouraged to participate fully in a wide range of scholarly, teaching and public engagement activities. These include participating in the semi-annual ‘research retreats’ at which faculty, fellows, and students present works-in-progress, and attending the Berman Institute’s bi-monthly seminar series at which prominent scholars from other institutions lecture on emerging research interests.

The PhD program in bioethics and health policy is a concentration within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM), offered in collaboration with the Berman Institute of Bioethics. For complete information, including admissions requirements, visit the Department of HPM’s PhD Concentration in Bioethics & Health Policy website.

The PhD program in Bioethics and Health Policy is distinguished from other bioethics doctoral programs in two ways:

The PhD program focuses on bioethics as it relates to moral questions in public health and health policy (rather than, for example, in clinical decision-making or bedside dilemmas).

  • Students and faculty in this concentration study and conduct independent research on ethical issues in public health practice, research, and policy such as: ethics and emergency preparedness, domestic and international research ethics, genetic screening policy, ethics and obesity prevention, ethics and infectious diseases, resource allocation and social justice.

The PhD program provides rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods.

  • By the end of their PhD training, students are prepared to provide not only normative recommendations regarding ethics and public health policy but also are equipped to function as independent researchers, conducting empirical research related to bioethics, public health and health policy.

Our PhD program focuses on bioethics in public health and health policy and provides rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods.

Current PhD Students
Program alumni

Our PhD alumni go on to successful and prominent careers in the field of bioethics. Our alumni include:

1999
Sara Handros Chull, PhD, MPH
Faculty
Section on Ethics of Genetics and Emerging Biotechnology
Department of Bioethics Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health
Director Bioethics Core
Office of the Clinical Director
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health

Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Core Faculty
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Andrea Kalfoglou, PhD
Associate Professor
Health Administration and Policy Program
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

2001
Jane Forman, ScD, MHS
Investigator
Co-Leader, Methods Core
VA Center for Clinical Management Research
Ann Arbor HSR&D Center of Innovation

 2003
Julia Slutsman, PhD
Director
Research Regulatory Affairs
The Children’s Research Institute
Children’s National System

 2006
Neal Dickert, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Emory University School of Medicine

Summer Johnson McGee, PhD
Dean, School of Health Sciences
University of New Haven

2007
Ingrid Burger, MD, PhD
Associate Radiologist
Chief of Ultrasound
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

2008
Carlton Haywood, Jr., PhD, MA
Assistant Professor
Division of Hematology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Core Faculty
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Core Faculty
Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research

 2009
Jason Gerson, PhD
Senior Program Officer
Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

 2012
Jessica Holzer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
Hofstra University

 2013
Krista Harrison, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Geriatrics
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

JP Leider, PhD
Independent Consultant
Public Health and Health Policy

2014
Danielle Whicher, PhD, MHS
Senior Program Officer
National Academy of Medicine

2015
Amy Paul, PhD, MPH
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Strategy and Research Team
Center for Digital Development
Global Development Lab
United States Agency for International Development

Carleigh Krubiner, PhD
Research Scholar
Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University

Lee-Lee Ellis, PhD, MA
Health Researcher
Mathematica Policy Research

2017
Lelia Jamal, PhD, MSc 
Certified Genetic Counselor
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health

 2018
Rachel Fabi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Program Director

Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH
PhD Program Director; Core Faculty; Associate Professor

Program Faculty

Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH
Berman Institute Founder; Core Faculty; Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director; Core Faculty; Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy
Nancy E. Kass, ScD
Deputy Director for Public Health; Core Faculty; Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health
Maria Merritt, PhD
Core Faculty; Associate Professor
Brendan Saloner, PhD
Associate Faculty; Assistant Professor
Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH
Deputy Director for Medicine; Core Faculty; Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics & Medicine